MCM Registration

Lottery registration for the Marine Corps Marathon is conducted annually during March. There are no fees associated with signing up for the Lottery. Other options available to runners include the Four Star all-inclusive registration package; the MCM Charity Partner Program; or Transfers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update. July 20, 2020– The 2020 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Weekend events scheduled for Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25 in Arlington, Virginia and the nation’s capital, will shift to virtual-only status due to ongoing public health concerns and the guidelines of local governments. Read More


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Privacy Act Statement -

Authority: 10 U.S.C. 5041, Headquarters, US Marine Corps; Marine Corps Order P1700.27B, Marine Corps Community Services Policy Manual (MCCS); Marine Corps Marathon Charter effective 27 Mar 2007; and SORN MMC00010.

Purpose: To register, acknowledge and promote participation in Marine Corps Marathon Organization events. Information is used to plan, organize, coordinate and execute the events and communicate with the runners and volunteers before, during and after the event to include publication of finisher results, finisher certificates and race photographs, videos and motion pictures. Data and photographs, videotape, motion pictures and other recordings may be used by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization and its select sponsors for surveys, publications on websites, race programs and promotions, newspaper articles, newsletters and other race marketing purposes and runner enhancements.

Routine Uses: Information is accessed by Marine Corps Marathon Organization personnel with a need to know to meet the purpose. Information may be provided to television, online and print media to provide publicity on the Marine Corps Marathon Organization events and to selected sponsors approved by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization. A complete list and explanation of the applicable routine uses is published in the authorizing SORN available at

Disclosure: Voluntary. However, failure to provide the information may result in ineligibility to participate in the Marine Corps Marathon Organization events.

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The public reporting burden for this collection of information, 0703-0053, is estimated to average 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding the burden estimate or burden reduction suggestions to the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, at Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number.

2020 Options

New! Virtual

A limited number of entries will be made available to the public on July 2 for a $45 registration fee. Virtual runners will receive the corresponding participant shirt, commemorative bib and finisher medal. The 45th MCM medal features actual volcanic ash from Iwo Jima. Virtual events must be completed between September 27-November 10 (Marine Corps Birthday). Runners will be required to upload results data. More information coming soon.

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New! Trifecta

For the first time in MCM history, ambitious runners can register for three MCM Weekend events through a combination of virtual MCM, MCM50K and MCM10K to complete the Trifecta. This once-in-a-lifetime challenge will reward finishers with a stunning challenge coin in addition to the corresponding finisher medals.

Registration for the virtual MCM and MCM50K events remain open and cost $45 per entry. As MCM10K registration is closed, only those participants who are already registered for the MCM10K may still register to participate in the Trifecta by signing up for the MCM and MCM50K.

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Military Match

MCM Military Match program presented by Cigna. By signing up for this free program, civilian and military runners will be paired to communicate directly, motivate each other through these final weeks of training and to provide support for the virtual run.

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Runners Club​

The MCM welcomes back the most frequent participants with exclusive registration for MCM Runners Club members. Those individuals who have completed at least five MCMs and successfully completed the Runners Club membership process will receive an email during the first week of March with information regarding registration for the MCM. Runners Club members are now eligible to sign up for the 2020 MCM until March 13.

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Charity Partners

For those who want to dedicate participation to a cause, MCM Charity Partner organizations offer guaranteed access to the MCM. Make a personal connection to a cause and contact MCM Charity Partners directly to learn about programs, fundraising requirements and the registration process. Annually, the new roster of Charity Partners is updated immediately following the MCM Registration Lottery.

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Defer Re-Registration

Runners who deferred an entry from the 2019 to the 2020 MCM must re-register to complete this process and guarantee participation in the MCM in October 2020. These runners will receive an instructional email and, later, a courtesy reminder during the first week of March. The period for deferment re-registration is March 2-13.

Semper Fi Challenge

Semper Fi Challenge participants will wear a unique bib and receive a special Semper Fi Challenge medal at the finish line of the 45h MCM after completing events in May and October 2020. The Challenge medal will be awarded in addition to a very special MCM finisher medal planned for 2020.

The Semper Fi Challenge sold out in November 2019. Over 4,000 runners signed up for the two-event challenge that includes both the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon hosted in Fredericksburg, Virginia and the Marine Corps Marathon. Entrants chose to register for either the Historic Half or the Devil Dog Double on May 17, 2020 and for the MCM or the MCM50K on October 25, 2020. Completion of events on both dates is required to earn the medal.

In honor of the 45th anniversary, the entry fee for the MCM has been reduced by 4.5% from 2019. The Challenge fee was determined by the mix of events selected by the registrant. The MCM reduction will be included in the final cost of the Challenge.


After registering, some runners are unable to participate in the MCM or they may wish to switch their registration to a different MCM Weekend event. These runners may opt to transfer their entry to a non-registered runner through the MCM Transfer Program. Additionally, the transfer program offers registered runners the opportunity to switch between MCM Weekend events. The MCM is not responsible for identifying individuals for the transfer. Often, runners are able to connect via the MCM Facebook page. A fee is associated with this service. Transfers may be executed any time after a runner is offically registered.

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The deferment program affords runners the opportunity to push a current entry to the next year's marathon. By forgoing participation the current year’s MCM and deferring an entry to the following year, the runner will receive a guaranteed spot for the selected year event and can avoid the Lottery process. For 2020, there is no additional fee associated with this service for live event registrations. Any additional purchases made at the time of the initial MCM registration including Carbo Dining-in tickets are not eligible to be deferred to a future registration. MCM10K bibs and any virtual events may not be deferred. The deferment program will close in September 2020.

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Bigger than big. The MCM50K will be a virtual-only event in 2020. Runners must complete the ultra-distance between September 27 through November 10 (Marine Corps Birthday). Limited entries are available for $45 fee.

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The MCM10K will be a virtual-only event in 2020. Runners must complete the 6.2 mile distance between September 27 through November 10 (Marine Corps Birthday). Runners across the country and around the world can bring the spirit of the MCM10K to sidewalks, trails or favorite local routes. MCM10K registration is closed.

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MCM Semper Fun Mile

The family-friendly MCM Semper Fun Mile is a virtual one-mile challenge open to children and their trusted adults. Young runners, families or groups across the country and around the world can bring the spirit of the Marine Corps to sidewalks, trails or favorite local routes.

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